Torness power station

Torness is a nuclear power station on the east coast of Scotland, 33 miles east of Edinburgh. It is capable of supplying electricity to over 2 million UK homes.

In 2020 Torness generated low carbon electricity for 2.7 million homes

Avoiding 3.4m tonnes of CO2 emissions*

Like taking 1.6m cars off UK roads for a year

*when compared to direct emissions of combined cycle gas turbines | all figures rounded to the nearest hundred thousand

About Torness

  • Station Director: Tam Al-Bishawi
  • Reactor type: 2 Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors
  • Total supply to the national grid: 1190 MW
  • Coolant: Carbon dioxide gas (CO2)
  • Start of construction: 1980
  • Start of generation: 1988
  • Estimated end of generation: 2030
  • People: Approximately 550 full time EDF employees plus over 180 full time contract partners
  • Daily plant status - find out which reactors at our eight nuclear power stations are in service and what they are generating (data updated on weekdays)

Visit Torness power station

Due to Coronavirus all site tours have been suspended and our exhibition centre remains closed, we are also unfortunately unable to take any forward bookings at this time. We will update our website with further information when the situation changes.

This centre was recently awarded five stars by Visit Scotland for its standard of customer care and range of facilities. 

The visitor centre has an interactive exhibition to help visitors learn about nuclear power generation. We have a fantastic classroom facility and you can also pre-book a tour of the power station for free. 

Tour Information

Tour time: Approx 1.5 hours.

Minimum age: Minimum age for the station tour is 8 years old.

Bookings must be made at least 3 weeks in advance.

You will be accompanied by a trained station guide and will include the reactor viewing gallery and the turbine hall.  All site tours include a safety and security briefing and the issue of relevant PPE (personal protective equipment).

Visitor Centre Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:00.

Weekend and evening tours can be accommodated by prior arrangement only. 

 

Dates for your diary:

Our events calendar will be updated as soon as our Visitor Centre has reopened.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please check our FAQs.

If you have any questions about the visitor centre, or about taking a tour, please contact our visitor centre co-ordinator:

Telephone: 01368 873909
Address: Torness power station, Dunbar, East Lothian. EH42 1QS
Email: tornessvisitorcentre@edf-energy.com

Find out more about Torness

Community

EDF hold regular meetings (Local Liaison Council or LLC) with local people, the media, council and emergency services representatives and local politicians to maintain regular communications about the nuclear site. 

Torness nuclear power station

Contact Torness

  • Address:
    EDF Torness power station
    Torness
    Dunbar
    East Lothian EH42 1QS

    Reception:
    +44 (0)1368 873000
  • Media requests:
    Fiona McCall
    +44 (0)1355 846281

    Community requests:
    Ashleigh Dickson
    +44 (0)1368 873 000

Latest news and community updates

Format: 27/07/2021
Format: 27/07/2021
Peregrine chicks at Torness power station
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Bumper brood for Torness peregrines

Torness power station’s visiting pair of peregrine falcons have a bumper brood to raise this year. Four chicks have hatched at the nest site, making this the largest clutch for nearly a decade.

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